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DSM in Personal Care & Aroma Ingredients


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Our skin microbiome active for oily skin

Managing oily skin, and obvious symptoms such as enlarged facial pores or a shiny-looking forehead, can be a challenge. DSM’s ALPAFLOR® ALP®-SEBUM is known to moderate sebum production, the main cause of oily skin, by inhibiting the key enzyme 5-α-reductase.  New studies show that this active, which is produced from the rare alpine plant Epilobium fleischeri, additionally helps reduce sebum levels by down-regulating Cutibacterium Acnes - a gatekeeper that can influence sebum production.

The plant

ALPAFLOR® ALP®-SEBUM is produced from Epilobium fleischeri, a rare Alpine species of Willowherb, whose outstanding soothing activity has been known to the Alpine population for centuries. This remarkable pioneer plant from the Onagraceae family rapidly colonizes rough or damaged ground with its beautiful flowers.

DSM selected Epilobium fleischeri over other Epilobium species because of its especially high quantity of both Oenothein B and flavonoids. These are the key compounds that show sebum-regulating and anti-inflammatory activities.